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Tracking data usage

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Tracking data usage

Because of cost, we only subscribe to 20GB of HN data. It gets used up in less than a week. Now, we use our new larger cellphone data allowance for the first portion of the month {except for PC usage}, then switch to Wi-Fi.
I noticed we were still losing almost 1GB per day of HN data. We are already at only 10GB left after a week.
I used the Android app, "Who's on my Wi-Fi" and ID'd something called" Azure Technologies Inc" connected to Wi-Fi. After much investigation, this only showed when the TV was on. DirectTV is disconnected from Wi-Fi because it uses too much data. So is the Smart TV. I eventually found a reference online to Chromecast and Azure. Sure enough, when the TV was on, the TV's USB outlet was powering the Chromecast dongle and even though not casting and the HDMI port not being used, the photos it displays when used were still being accessed at a 1GB per day rate! I disconnected it unless casting and no unexpected data was lost yesterday. Our cell phones are scheduled to switch to Wi-Fi during the overnight 50GB period for app updates, cloud backup, etc.
Hopefully, this info will be of use to others
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Re: Tracking data usage

Hi ADR58,

 

Welcome and thank you for sharing this very informative piece of info! How about that, your personalized rotating photo background in Chromecast using a 1 GB a day? Wow! Great thing to keep in mind if I see a Chromecast device on someone's network. Thanks again, ADR58!

 

 

Thanks,
Liz

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Re: Tracking data usage - Chromecast

I've seen the background images being mentioned before with regard to Chromecast, and this is further confirmation of the data it uses.  This will definitely help people.  

 

I'm adding Chromecast to the title in my reply in the hopes that, if people search for Chromecast, they might see this thread and be helped by the info in it.  Smiley Happy  


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Re: Tracking data usage - Chromecast


@GabeU wrote:

I've seen the background images being mentioned before with regard to Chromecast, and this is further confirmation of the data it uses.  This will definitely help people.  

 

I'm adding Chromecast to the title in my reply in the hopes that, if people search for Chromecast, they might see this thread and be helped by the info in it.  Smiley Happy  


Yep, been discussed before and would recommend anyone with a Chromecast follow these steps: https://www.howtogeek.com/337719/how-to-tame-your-chromecasts-background-data-usage/

Especially the step about changing the Backdrop to a 1x1 pixel image. My Chromecast now uses less than 2 MB after several hours of local casting.